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Thaddeus Mosley

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
There's No Vice Like Advice.

Birthplace

Born:
7/23/1926
Birth Location:
New Castle, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Sculptor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
There's No Vice Like Advice.

Birthplace

Born:
7/23/1926
Birth Location:
New Castle
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Biography

Sculptor Thaddeus Gilmore Mosley was born on July 23, 1926 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the U.S. Navy. Mosley graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in English and journalism in 1950.

Mosley began working for the U.S. Postal Service. During the 1950s, while at the Postal Service, Mosley began writing freelance for The Pittsburgh Courier and for several other national publications. At this time, he also began making sculptures. In 1968, he had his first solo exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art. He credits sculptors Constantin Bruncusi and Isamu Noguchi as his earliest influences. His commissions include, Three Rivers bench in 2003 for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center; Legends at the Susquehanna Museum; and an exhibition at the Cue Art Foundation Gallery. His most famous sculptures are the 14’ cedar Phoenix located at the corner of Centre Avenue and Dinwiddie in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and the “Mountaintop” Limestone at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in the Hill District at Herron and Milwaukee Streets.

Mosley wrote Thaddeus Mosley: African-American Sculptor with a narrative by David Lewis that was published by the Carnegie Museum of Art in 1997.

Mosley was named the Artist of the Year and was awarded the Governor’s Award, the Cultural Award, and the Service in the Arts Award by the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. Mosley has been an officer for the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors and a board member of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

Mosley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 11, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Thaddeus Mosley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about his mother's upbringing and employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers his maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers his paternal aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about his father's literary interests
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his parents' personalities and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Thaddeus Mosley describes the No. 5 Mine community in Elbon, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his family's move from Elbon, Pennsylvania to New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Thaddeus Mosley describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers segregation in New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his early interest in drawing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his early musical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about his high school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers the servicemen at Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Thaddeus Motley recalls the African American athletes he met in the U.S. Navy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls the African American athletes he met in the U.S. Navy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers his neighbor who wrote Western fiction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his experiences in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers coaching basketball in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the Japanese holdouts after World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his experiences of segregation in restaurants
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the economy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the economy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers the Pittsburgh Courier
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his interest in magazine journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about his various occupations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his early career at the U.S. Post Office Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the Nunn family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Thaddeus Mosley describes the development of his artistic interests
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about his early sculptures
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls the theft of his sculpture of Dizzy Gillespie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the concepts of weight and space in sculpture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his work schedule
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his early art exhibitions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his interest in African tribal art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the Black Arts Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his sculpting materials and process
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the dearth of wood carving instruction
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Thaddeus Mosley compares wood carving to jazz composition
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about playwright August Wilson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley describes the diversity of his sculptures
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley reflects upon his career as a sculptor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Thaddeus Mosley talks about the importance of education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Thaddeus Mosley recalls his exhibition opportunities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Thaddeus Mosley describes the origin of the Pittsburgh Crawfords
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Thaddeus Mosley remembers the Negro League baseball players of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Thaddeus Mosley reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Thaddeus Mosley describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Thaddeus Mosley reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Thaddeus Mosley describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Thaddeus Mosley narrates his photographs